We enjoyed a wonderful Freshman Orientation last Saturday, culminating with a prayer service with our seniors, freshmen and their parents. A special thank you to our seniors for their outstanding work in hosting this year’s Freshman Orientation. Also, special thanks to our Roncalli Parents Organization for the Ice Cream Social held for the parents of our freshmen!
A good time was had by all!
Thank you to everyone for your patience during the first days of school. It will probably take another week or so for all students and families to figure out what works best for them in the morning and in the afternoon, so continued patience is appreciated.
Helpful Hint - The amount of traffic entering the campus in the morning from the north (LaSalle Street) is significantly lighter than that entering the campus from the south (Prague Road). Families that live west of Madison Avenue should strongly consider using Thompson Road as your east/west road and accessing campus from LaSalle Street. Other ways to minimize your traffic challenges before and/or after school include the following:
Our police officers ask that you please be attentive to their instructions/directions. Again, the first few days will present some unique challenges as everyone adapts to traffic flow, timing, etc.
All parents are encouraged to join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, August 22. The evening will start with a short program in the gymnasium at 6:30 PM followed by parents attending an abbreviated version of their child’s schedule. Parents will go to each class and have the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and hear about each of their classes. Registration will start in the gym at 6:00 PM. The evening will end at 9:00 PM. FREE Roncalli yard signs will be available!
Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information: Roncalli High School Carpooling/Transportation
Through the years, we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that are in need of transportation assistance(to and/or from school).
We have the following Roncalli families who are in need of some assistance with transportation. If your family would like to pick up some additional gas money and provide assistance for one of these families would you please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221.
All fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of Saturday, August 10 between 7:00 AM and noon. See your coaches for specific times.
We will celebrate our first all school Mass of the school year next Thursday when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will begin in the Roncalli Family Room at 9:30 AM. All are welcome!
Next Friday, August 16, is our first out of uniform day. Students may wear any Roncalli shirt, sweatshirt, pullover, etc. Jeans are allowed. No sweatpants or shorts are allowed.
The Roncalli Guidance Team is excited to welcome students back for the 2019-2020 school year. Remember that counselors are here to serve your students in academic, social and career needs.MEET THE GUIDANCE TEAM
Attention Marion County Residents - The Central Indiana Community Foundation will select students for the Lilly Award, which awards full tuition for four years, a $900 book stipend, and all required fees at any university in the state of Indiana. Applications are due to The Roncalli Guidance Office by 3:15 on August 12. For criteria on the award, and the application, contact your students Counselor or head to www.cicf.org.
The 2020 Lily Scholarship for Morgan County Residents is now open. Applications can be found in The Guidance Office. The deadline is September 5.Lily Scholarship how to
Save-the-Date! On Monday, August 26, Roncalli will be hosting an Evening with the College Reps for students and parents. This event is open to all grade levels.
Roncalli will offer a "Doorway to College" ZAPS test prep course for both ACT and SAT.
Final senior gear order is now open online, through August 16, 2020. This is the official senior gear that can be worn on senior-specific dress down days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Crissman with any questions.
Congratulations to senior Andrew Gangstad who earned his Eagle Scout on April 18, 2019. His Eagle Court of Honor was held on July 20 2019. He is a member of Troop 1776. His project was to create a perimeter trail at the church that sponsors his troop. The trail is 900 feet long and involved trimming trees, removing sod, laying barrier cloth and mulching. Andrew we are proud of you!
In the spirit of continued growth and lifelong learning, Roncalli is implementing the Roncalli House System, designed to be a very intentional, personal approach to building and enhancing positive relationships between students and adults within the building. The House system, which has been used in Catholic high schools throughout the country, is a proven strategy for building relationships, improving mental health, teaching life skills, and increasing school spirit.
The Houses are divided into nine different groups that are named after the Charisms of Saint John XXIII (Welcoming, Simple, Kind, Peaceful, Humble, Humorous, Servant, Holy, and Inspired Change). Each Charism is then divided into six different homes that are named after a Saint. A Saint House will consist of roughly 20 students from across all four grade levels and two adults. Once a student is assigned into a house, they will remain there for their time at Roncalli. These houses will meet once a month to build relationships, address student needs and compete in House competitions. The Roncalli House System will be under the direction of Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich. Please contact Mr. Banich with questions you have at any time.
It is our expectation that students always have a positive balance in their lunch accounts. As a courtesy to our families, Roncalli has established a “$20.00 limit” on negative charging. If your student’s account is more than $20.00 in the negative, they will be asked to take their lunches and come to the cafeteria office. There the student will meet with a supervisor to discuss the problem and come up with a solution. Seniors may not pick up their cap and gown until all negative balances are cleared.
It is easy to set up a notification with Mealtime to receive an email when the accounts are low, to avoid the time taken away from their already short lunch periods to deal with inadequate funding. We will also be sending negative lunch balance notifications out every day by e-mail.
The Roncalli Cafeteria is accepting applications for our free and reduced lunch program for the 2019-20 school year. Since Roncalli is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, we can offer free or reduced priced meals to those who qualify. If your family receives benefits from the state in the form of SNAP, TANF or Medicaid, you are eligible for free or reduced meals without filling out an application and will be receiving an email from our office in the coming days to explain the benefit.
If you need to fill out an application, there is a link to the application and a link to the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter.
We also ask that when you fill out an application, you also fill out the form entitled: ADDITIONAL FEE WAIVERS/REDUCTIONS—PERMISSION TO SHARE INFO (if you filled this out once for your child, you don't have to do it again). This form allows us to share your free/reduced status with the Roncalli Guidance Office for the purpose of obtaining other benefits for your child. The link to this form is also located at the bottom of this newsletter.
If you have any questions, please call Eileen Horan at (317) 788-4099.
Every morning in the cafeteria from 6:50-7:25 AM, the Roncalli cafeteria offers many breakfast choices. The cost of breakfast is $2.00. If students are entitled to a free or reduced breakfast, then those breakfasts are either free or $.30. (This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.)
Roncalli's new service program is up and running, and we are excited about all of the service that has been done already throughout the summer months. Here are some links that you can access for key information concerning the new service program and all the opportunities for service that students can take advantage of throughout the year. If you son or daughter has not yet downloaded the MobileServe app, it is extremely important that they do so as soon as possible.CHANGES EXPLAINED
The information that was shared at this past Wednesday’s New Parent Orientation meeting can be accessed via the link below for any parents not able to attend or for parents in attendance that want to review information that was covered.LEARN MORE
A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1 (HON) this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. This is the type of calculator that is used on the ISTEP+ exam. Many local retailers have them on sale now, and we ask that any “proof of purchase” codes be saved and turned into the math teachers. Students are discouraged from purchasing a TI-89, as these calculators are not allowed on the ACT exam (they are allowed on the SAT and AP exams).
Please read the linked document. It explains the changes to our Community Service Program and student service hours.LEARN MORE
All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of August 10th between 7:00 AM and noon. More information to follow from your coaches.
We are very appreciative of the great cooperation we received during the recently completed school year from our students and parents regarding the style of pants that were to be worn as a part of the school uniform.
It is important to note that we are the only Catholic high school in the Indianapolis area that does not require uniform pants of its students. While some students and parents would support a move to uniform pants, the overwhelming majority of students and parents prefer to purchase their school pants in a price range of their choice and at a retail store of their choice. We wish to continue to honor this desire, but it must happen in such a way that we are not consistently wasting valuable instructional time and administrative time dealing with fashion compliance issues.
Thus, we ask once again for the total support of our parents and students in making sure there is adherence to specific style of pants (slacks) that will be allowed this school year. In accordance with the student handbook, the slacks must be dress slacks made of cotton-twill material similar to a pair of “Dockers” pants. Slacks must be minimum of "boot cut" and/or straight leg in diameter around the lower leg and may not be worn in a manner that hugs the complete contour of the lower body.
If you look at the visuals below, the three pictures on top illustrate acceptable choices while the three pictures on the bottom with an X through them are not acceptable choices.
Please direct all questions, concerns, and/or comments related to this matter to Dean of Students, Tim Crissman.
Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.
What is a Rebel VIP member card? A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only; IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Rebel VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each fine arts production/concert.
How do I get one? You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2019-20 Performing Arts Book. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major fine arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different performing arts ensembles and groups.
Ad prices are as Follows:
The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from Performing Arts book campaign goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.
Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!
Roncalli High School is in year three of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 5th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 6th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 7th, after-school until 4:00 PM.
Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center. Enter the Main Entrance after parking on the circle.
Roncalli High School owns each school-issued Chromebook until the student graduates at which time ownership will transfer to the graduate.
Any student who leaves Roncalli prior to graduation will be expected to return their Chromebook in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.
Roncalli High School commits itself to the priority of each individual student being able to attend school on a daily basis in a positive, uplifting, faith-filled environment. The following is a guideline by which our school will operate as it relates to this issue and to the issues of bullying/harassment:
The good name, reputation and personal safety of each student, faculty, staff member and adult volunteer is vitally important. In order to protect students, employees, volunteers, and the school, each student is expected to treat the good name and reputation of other students, school employees, volunteers and the school with dignity and respect and not engage in any activity or conduct, either on campus or off campus, that is in opposition to this guideline and/or inconsistent with the Catholic Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. Any derogatory, slanderous, hostile, or threatening remarks or actions directed toward any of the above by a student will be seen as a violation of this policy and will be viewed as a serious matter, whether it is done physically, verbally, or electronically through the use of a home or school computer, phone, IPAD, or any other electronic media or by remote access during school time or after hours. Some examples include but are not limited to, social media, text messages, blogging, voice mails, images, pictures, etc. Any individual found to have made or participated with others in making such remarks or actions will be subject to disciplinary action by the school, up to and including expulsion.
Because of the significance of the issues of bullying/harassment in the lives of our students, Roncalli has in place a wide variety of strategies to address the issues. These strategies will unfold throughout the school year with a heavy focus here at the start of the school year.
It is imperative that anyone who becomes aware of a Roncalli student who is being bullied or harassed, regardless of whether it is happening in or out of school, is asked to contact the Dean of Students. Failure to report incidents of bullying/harassment makes one complicit with the inappropriate behavior.
Roncalli offers families the opportunity to work events at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Convention Center and IMS, in order to earn money toward their child’s tuition. A percentage of all money earned is also contributed to the school's Endowment. If you or any family/friends would be interested in working these events please click on the link below, complete the paperwork and email it to Jeff Traylor or call 317-787-8277 x203.
It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’s moratorium week but many of our families have to make travel arrangements well in advance for a variety of family related reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 26. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 6.
To maintain the integrity of the school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy, please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.
Additionally, as a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2020 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2020 will be from June 29 - July 6. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.
Nativity's Augustravaganza will be held this year August 16-17 from 4-midnight with a Cupcakes & Canvas and a Mystery Beer Tasting held Thursday, Aug 15th. There will be an awesome kids' games tent, incredible festival food, 5K/1 mile fun walk/run, festival rides, Monte Carlo, Bingo, live entertainment, beer tent, raffle, baby crawl contest, catered dinners, and more!
Baby Crawl - Just show up rearing to go (crawlers only)!
Note: Mass will be at 4PM on 8/17.
Lots more info at www.nativityindy.org or on Facebook - search Augustravaganza! (License #150482)